British trainer of the year nominee, Shane McGuigan, has admitted that British fans have probably already seen the best of Anthony Joshua.
The son of former featherweight world champion, Barry McGuigan, did however say that Joshua’s trainer switch was a good decision.
“I think he has peaked, but it is a pretty good peak, in my opinion. It is all mental for him, he doesn’t need to learn how to block or throw a jab or a right-hand. He can get tweaked on which combinations to throw when he gets in close, those are the things that you learn in sparring. When you’re around fighters like Errol Spence and Charlo, you’re also picking things up from what they do in their sparring.”
McGuigan added that ‘AJ’ will be treated like any other fighter in Derrick James’ stable and will not receive any special treatment.
“There was always too much emphasis on AJ being the superstar and it all being on his terms, people coming in and being so grateful to be in his presence. I don’t think Errol Spence gives a sh*t and I know people like Charlo don’t either, so that is the right environment for him to be in, because he is just another lad and he needs to go and impress them.
It doesn’t matter what he has done in the past, it’s about what he does now and that’s all down to his mental aspect of boxing. Being around winners, there’s no bullshit there, they know boxing, they don’t fake it, that is the right people that he needs to be around.”
On the undercard, Felix Cash will challenge for the EBU European Middleweight Title, whilst Craig Richards will fight Ricards Bolotniks for the WBA Inter-Continental Light-Heavyweight Title.